The Problem with Economic Growth
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To understand why governments have not taken the evidence of the costs of and limits to growth seriously, it is first necessary to understand the nature of these problems. This requires conducting an immanent critique of the currently dominant concept of economic growth, involving a review of the key literature and arguments relating to both the ecological and social costs of and limits to growth. It is demonstrated that although the pursuit of growth is widely believed to be in the best interests of society, in many developed countries, the environmental and social problems caused by growth increasingly outweigh its benefits. This fundamental contradiction provides the normative basis for the meta-theoretical and discursive critique of the commitment to growth in subsequent chapters.